Meet the Growers: Violet Bullock

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that for the past year the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action has been working on something we’re calling the Garden Book Project. This book will feature the stories of area growers both old and young. More than just a directory or
Category: Arkansas

Backyard Living Column: Encouraging Fearless Soil Explorers.

The Backyard Living column is a partnership between ABOUT the River Valley magazine, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. For more information about subscription information to ABOUT, go here.   ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Public schools are increasingly offering garden education programs for children. But for those of us with young kids
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Trail of Tears 175th Anniversary

Earlier this week the Cherokee Nation marked the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the final group of Cherokees into what is now the state of Oklahoma Arriving on March 24, 1839, this final detachment marked an ending to the Trail of Tears. According to historians, the term Trail of Tears most likely originated with
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Created Equal Film Series

Arkansas Tech University, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, is hosting a film series entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Two films have already been shown—Slavery by Another Name and The Loving Story-–but community members still have an opportunity to catch the final two films before the series ends on April
Category: African American History

Backyard Living: The Joy of Seed Catalogs

This piece is the newest installment in the “Backyard Living” column, an ongoing partnership between the Boiled Down Juice, ABOUT the River Valley magazine, A View from the Backroads and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action.  Walking in the February snow I noticed a few volunteer cornflowers sprouting near last year’s flower
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Rosemary Recipe to Welcome Spring

This time last week you were probably reading the paper a bit blurry-eyed and extra sleepy after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time. Springing forward sixty minutes is strangely staggering to the schedule. Hopefully by now we’re all starting to settle in to the longer days and enjoying the extra time to
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Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears

While doing some research on local Cherokee history this past week I was reminded of a University of Arkansas Press publication from 2005 entitled Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears: The Journey of an Installation. Written by artist Pat Musick with help from Jerry Carr and historian Bill Woodiel, the book documents the installation
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50 Years After the War on Poverty: ARVAC and Local Stories

  This Seed and the Story column originally ran in February of 2014. January of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his first State of the Union address on January 8, 1964, Johnson called upon the nation to aggressively fight the 19% poverty rate, exclaiming,“We shall not rest
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Ina May, Anna Mary Sykes, and Midwifery Stories

  This Seed and the Story column originally ran in February 2014. Ina May Gaskin is often considered the mother of the modern midwife movement in the United States. Born into an Iowa farming family, in 1971 she and her husband help to found a commune in Summertown, Tennessee known today as the Farm. Ina
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Respecting Dormancy

  The Boiled Down Juice recently began a new partnership with ABOUT the River Valley Magazine. In addition to regular features for their publication, our editor Meredith Martin-Moats is also writing a monthly backyard living column about regional growing, intergenerational research and conversations, and the intersection of applied folklore and everyday living. This column is also
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